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Arkansas Tech University, also known as ATU, as a publically-supported regional institution located in the north central city of Russellville, Arkansas. ATU’s roots date back to 1909 with the founding of the Second District Agricultural School. It originally only offered classes leading to a high school diploma. In 1925, the school’s name was changed to Arkansas Polytechnic College. By 1931, all high school classes were phased out and only courses leading to a college degree were offered. The school took on its current name of Arkansas Tech University in 1976. Since that time, ATU has grown significantly and now boasts a student population of over 10,000 between its Russellville and Ozark campuses.

ATU is a liberal-arts university that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a wide variety of programs through its system of academic colleges, including Applied Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, and Natural and Health Sciences. The university also offers several pre-professional programs in areas such as dentistry, law, medicine, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. Students at ATU come from 44 of the 50 states and 35 countries. In 2012, the average freshman ACT score was 22.

Students at ATU live on-campus within a system of seventeen residence halls. Campus activities include a variety of intramural sports and recreational offerings, clubs and student organizations. There is also a thriving Greek community. Arkansas Tech participates in NCAA Division II athletics as a charter member of the Great American Conference. The university fields four men’s and six women’s varsity sports teams. Men’s athletic teams are known as the Wonder Boys, while the women are called the Golden Suns.

ATU and the surrounding community of Russellville are situated in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks region, an area ideal for hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor sports and recreational activities. Russellville, with its population of 25,000 residents, offers ATU students and their visitors a wide choice of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

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